Disability poll shows popularity of flexible working

A snap poll of people with disabilities shows the huge popularity of flexible working.

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Only 1% of people with a disability say that flexible working is not important for them, according to a snap poll on workingmums.co.uk, with 38% saying it is a deal breaker and 47% saying it is very important.

The poll of nearly 200 people found remote working was the most favoured form of flexible working [47% opted for this], with hybrid working chosen by 13%, part-time work by 10% and flexi hours by 5%. A quarter said they favoured a combination of different forms of flexible working.

The poll comes after a growth in the number of people with disabilities looking for work on the site. 35% had a mental health condition, 20% had a learning difficulty such as ADHD or Asperger’s; 4% had a learning disability such as Down’s Syndrome; 25% gave a physical disability and 16% have a combination of two or more conditions.

Most were jobseekers – 28% were in work and looking for another job and 48% were not in work but looking for a job. While 32% had been looking for a month or less, 20% had been looking for over a year and 12% for six months or more.

Eleven per cent of those looking for work said they were prompted to do so as a result of the Government’s recently announced plans to get people on long term sickness or disability benefits into work. A quarter of all those taking part said they were worried about how those plans would affect them, although 11% said they were encouraged by them. The rest were unsure.



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